Sunderland join race for Junior Hoilett but Nicklas Bendtner returns to Arsenal


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Sunderland have joined the race to sign the Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett, in light of the Lancashire club's relegation from the Premier League.

The 21-year-old Canadian winger will leave Ewood Park, having run down his contract, eight years after he joined the club.

Hoilett's direct approach appeals to the Sunderland manager, Martin O'Neill, who wants to add pace to his side after leading them to safety in his first season at the Stadium of Light. However, he will face competition. The Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, is a long-term admirer of Hoilett, who has scored seven goals this season, and Newcastle also watched him last season, before they instead signed Sylvain Marveaux from Rennes.

O'Neill will also sign a new striker in the summer as Nicklas Bendtner is set to return to Arsenal after the completion of his loan period.